Forgetting a wireless network is often the easiest first step to try when troubleshooting wireless problems. Any configuration problems may be forgotten as well.
There are 3 methods to remove a wireless profile using the toolbar, using the command prompt, and an alternate command prompt method on PCs. Choose the method to use by which interface you are more comfortable with - toolbar or command prompt.Note:
For each of these procedures, you must know the name of the network you want to remove.
To manually remove a wireless profile / forget a wireless network in Windows 8.1
Option 1: Remove the wifi network from the list of known networks via the toolbar
Follow these steps.
- Click the Network icon on the system tray and then you will be able to see the wireless connections.
- Right click the old SSID and select Forget this network.
Option 2: Use the command line to remove the network from the computer
If these steps do not work, then you can follow these steps.
- Press Windows key + X and select Command Prompt(Admin)
- Type netsh wlan delete profile <profile name>.
- Press Enter.
- On a PC, press the key combination Windows key + R to open a run dialog. On a tablet, press Ctrl+ ESC.
- Type run in the field at the bottom of the popup.
- Type cmd and hit enter.
- Type the following command to display all saved wifi networks:
- To remove a specific profile, type the following (replace xxxxx with the appropriate wireless profile name):
- netsh wlan delete profile name=xxxxx
At this point you should no longer be able to find a saved record of that wifi network.
The next step is to add the network back onto your computer, properly configured to avoid any issues. For help, see How do I connect to wireless at Algonquin College?
Note: To forget a wireless profile on an iPhone or iPad, see How do I forget a wireless network on my iPhone or iPad?